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Wednesday, January 7, 2009

After weeks of procrastination, i've finally got down to blogging it. Heah.



DimJoy, a joyful dimsum experience indeed.



Located along the shophouses of Neil Road, DimJoy is pretty accessible via foot and car. Do keep your eyes peeled for it as a small-sized signboard like this kinda makes it obscure from sight.

Arriving slightly before 12.30 in the afternoon, Dimjoy was surprisingly quiet with vacant tables and all. But do not be deterred as the office crowd started pouring in slightly after 1pm and according to one of the waitresses, they are usually at their busiest during weekends.



Menu


Very red, very chinese oriental. Dimsum selection over here aint very extensive. Items like my favourite Fried Prawn Dumplings (Har Kok), Yam Puffs (Wu Kok) and XLBs (Xiao Long Bao) were'nt found in the menu. And to kick-start our dimsum feast, here's a basket of Har Gao and Siew Mai, a common sight in all dimsum eateries.


King Prawn Har Gao


Siew Mai


To me, a good Har Gao must contain a fresh-juicy-big-crunchy-to-bite prawn encased within a thin smooth layer of skin. DimJoy's version was almost there, except the prawns weren't as BIG as how a KING prawn ought to be. Still, yummy. Haha.

Siew Mai's, what more can i say? I quite enjoyed this as it didn't reek of oil and pork and yes, the taste and smell of those black chinese mushrooms was absent. Just the way i like it.


Honey-ed Char Siew Bao


Soft and Fluffy. A pity there was too little char siew filling. Else, it would have been a very enjoyable bao.


Char Siew Cheong Fun


Silky and smooth with a generous serving of chopped charsiew and some greens. The sauce compliments it very well. In fact, i quite like this. The cheong fun aint overly starchy and thats how i like it to be.


Fried Beancurd Skin Rolls


As described in the menu, this dimsum is entirely vegetarian. I couldnt exactly make out the ingredients inside but there is definitely no trace of pork/prawns. One thing's for sure, mushroom. The rolls were nicely fried with traces of tempura batter on the exterior. Coming rather strongly on the beancurd taste, i still prefer the non-vegetarian version of the fried beancurd rolls that come with prawn and sometimes, mango. Ummm.


Pan-Fried Carrot Cake


If you like your carrot cake to be fried to a golden crisp, then you might not enjoy this. DimJoy's didnt come across as being overly starchy and oily. In fact, i could still make out the strips of turnip inside my mouth!


Char Siew Sou


These are not pineapple tarts, they just don't look like your typical triangular char siew sou's. But don't be deceived by its looks, these char siew sou's, though small in size, are very addictive. Honey'ed char siew, similar to the ones found in the char siew baos, are also used here. The ratio of char siew filling to pastry is proportional. What i love most about this is its very fragrant and buttery pastry skin. Its not drying and cloying and best of all, it leaves behind a very sensational buttery after taste!

They should pack these into a container and sell it off as chinese new year goodies. YUM~


Custard Bao


You should know by now that i am no fan of custard. The only custard i eat is Beard Papa's and Tampopo's cream puffs. And the only reason why i order custard baos from dimsum eateries is because of my love for SALTED EGG YOLKS. Anything with salted egg yolk and you're bound to see it on my order list. The custard baos over here came steaming hot to the extent where the bao was oozing out molten custard. I couldnt detect the salted egg yolk, what a pity, really. But nevertheless, one of the better places for a custard bao.


Lingnan Egg Tarts


I was very hesistant to order this as i do not adore egg tarts from dimsum eateries. The reason being its small size and un-flakey crust. However, after reading a few positive reviews on DimJoy's eggtarts, we decided to give it a shot. We had to wait at least 15 minutes for these as they were still basking in the oven. Haha. Freshly baked egg-tarts, that's what we had. And the verdict? Acceptable but not to-die-for. The crust could have been flakier and it was obviously not buttery enough for my liking.

All in all, the dining experience here was pretty pleasant. Staff are attentive, prompt and approachable. A meal like ours costs appx $21/pax. The baskets of dimsum are affordably priced, ranging from $3-$4 a basket. Do not expect variety, expect simplicity. Dimsum items are not high in salt content, coming across as rather light and healthy. Another visit i will definitely make and this time, im going for their claypot dishes.

Till then, tata and have a happy MOO year!
12:29 PM

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